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May 2021

Issue 101





Elsevier Awards


Elsevier has decided to extend the submission deadline for nominations for the Waterman and Goody Awards to June 15th (the previous deadline was May 31st). 


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Special Issue of Frontiers in Remote Sensing: Call for papers


Existing air- and space-borne multi-angle polarimeters have been successful in improving our understanding of aerosol and cloud properties, and several new satellite missions are in development that will host advanced multi-angle polarimeters, including the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, scheduled to launch in 2023, and the ESA/EUMETSAT Meteorological Operational Satellite - Second Generation (MetOp-SG) program with six satellites to be launched from 2023 to 2037. Furthermore, there is now an increasing availability of in- and above-water instruments to measure the polarization state of seawater. Together with recent advancements in detector technology, radiative transfer modeling of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system, and satellite, aircraft, and in situ observing systems, it is time to fully assess the value of polarimetric measurements of light in, just above, and over the oceans.


The goal of this Research Topic is to showcase results that contribute to the aforementioned assessment of the value of polarimetric measurements of light in, just above, and over the oceans. Papers highlighting passive and active air- and space-borne, in situ, and radiative transfer analyses are all welcome.


Areas covered by this Research Topic include, but are not limited to:

Simultaneous aerosol/ocean retrieval algorithms from multi-angle polarimeters;

In situ, shipborne, airborne, and spaceborne passive polarimetry and LIDAR technologies;

Vector radiative transfer models in complex atmosphere-ocean models;

Single scattering and inversion models of aerosols and hydrosol optical properties;

Derivation of geophysical atmospheric and oceanic properties;

Combined and multi-sensor LIDAR, hyperspectral radiometer, and multi-angular polarimeter retrievals;

Coastal ocean and atmosphere remote sensing;

Advanced polarimetry products validation;

Advanced machine learning algorithms.


See details at https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/19225/polarization-of-light-as-a-tool-for-characterizing-different-facets-of-the-atmosphere-ocean-system



Position open: Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Physics


School: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Department/Area: Applied Physics

Position Description: Metasurfaces - subwavelength arrays of phase shifting elements - have emerged as a new tool for polarization optics. In particular, metasurface gratings can be used to simplify the optical architectures of polarimeters for a variety of scientific remote sensing applications. A postdoctoral scholar is sought to investigate the application and feasibility of metasurfaces to polarimetric imaging in support of two NASA-funded programs. The candidate will join a team of other postdoctoral scholars to mature this new polarimetric capability in collaboration with industry and NASA partners. The position presents an opportunity to study an early-stage nanophotonic technology from device-level physics to system-level optical design considerations and, ultimately, the scientific areas served.


Basic Qualifications: Ph.D. in optics, applied physics, physics, electrical engineering, or a related discipline


Additional Qualifications: Proficiency in laboratory optics. Previous experience in nanophotonics and cleanroom fabrication would be beneficial, but is not strictly required. History of work in polarization and optical polarimetry desirable.


Special Instructions: Please submit a current CV with publications listed, as well as a minimum of two reference letters.


Contact Information: Anna Frej


Contact Email: afrej@seas.harvard.edu


Interested candidates should apply here: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10249



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